Ag News

Dr. Jessica Young Dr. Jessica Young with Diamond Y Equine Veterinary Services of Ogden, Iowa says she fields a lot of questions from clients this time of year about what vaccines their horses need to have.  She explains that there are two types, core vaccines and non-core vaccines. AUDIO: Dr. Jessica Young (3:00 MP3)      
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $25 million in grants to help schools purchase needed kitchen equipment as they continue to provide school lunches and breakfasts that give children the nutrition they need to learn and grow. Over 90 percent of schools report that they are successfully meeting the updated nutrition standards, these new grants provide additional support to help them prepare meals that meet those standards. For the latest round of funding, USDA will ensure all State agencies receive a proportional share of the funding. States will competitively award the funds to school districts to purchase needed equipment,...
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Seeking to enhance consumer confidence in food, the restaurant industry has been making some changes on their menus. The latest research from Mintel shows consumers are looking for things which represent homemade such as “made from scratch.” Also tying into this trend is the growth of claims such as original recipe, freshly-picked, farmstead and farm style. The Mintel Menu Insights report says geographic indicators are increasingly popular as people want to know where their food comes from. There is also an increase in menu items with perceived health benefits such as “gluten free” and other nutritional claims. This area is expected to...
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The U.S. Commerce Department says it will investigate charges that Mexico is dumping sugar cane and sugar beets below cost on the U.S. market. The American Sugar Alliance filed a complaint with the Commerce Department and the U.S. International Trade Commission in March charging “The Mexican sugar industry, 20 percent of which is owned and operated by the Mexican government, has rapidly increased exports to the United States in recent years, rising from 9 percent of the U.S. market in FY2012 to nearly 18 percent in FY2013. And, according to recently updated U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) data, Mexico is...
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Ag News - Rural Issues

Waverly, Nebraska farmer Tom Peterson visits with USDA’s Krysta Harden. Eligible farmers and ranchers can now sign up for the USDA’s livestock disaster assistance programs, which were restored by passage of the 2014 farm bill. USDA deputy secretary of agriculture Krysta Harden was in Nebraska this week to discuss how those programs will...Read the full story... »     
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The executive director of the Clean Fuels Development Coalition is calling for a “rebirth” of ethanol as an alternative fuel. Speaker at an ethanol forum in Omaha, Doug Durante said the ethanol industry needs to move beyond its “obsession” with the Renewable Fuels Standard and create a value proposition that will grow the demand for...Read the full story... »     
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One of the big arguments used by anti-meat activists to convince people to reduce their meat consumption is that livestock are major emitters of greenhouse gases (GHG) and, therefore, major contributors to climate change.  According to those activists, less meat (and milk) consumed will mean fewer animals and a healthier planet. Dr. Frank...Read the full story... »     
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The “Precautionary Principle”, a controversial risk management strategy developed to cope with possible risks where scientific understanding in still incomplete, was the focus of the National Institute for Animal Agriculture’s (NIAA) annual conference in Omaha.  The Precautionary Principle has been a topic of discussion for several years. ...Read the full story... »     
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